More than 400 fish died when 3km of river was polluted with sewage and trade effluent, Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard today (Tues).
Anglian Water Services pleaded guilty to causing the pollution, which came from a combined sewer overflow in Thaxted, Essex. The company was fined £36,000 and ordered to pay full costs of £5,973.
Mrs Claire Corfield, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told the court the overflow ran into a stream which feeds into the River Chelmer and could have been avoided.
“Anglian Water admitted that before the incident this stretch of sewer was not included on the schedule of planned preventative maintenance,” she said.
A member of the public reported pollution and dead fish in the River Chelmer. Agency staff investigated and found sewage solids and rags discharging into the stream from an outlet in Park Street, Thaxted.